Cape Town City's Craig Martin wary of a wounded Sundowns side

The Citizens winger says they want to solve their goalscoring problems ahead of the clash against the Brazilians on Saturday

Cape Town City winger Craig Martin says he expects a thrilling MTN8 Cup semi-final encounter against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday afternoon.

The Citizens are at home against the Brazilians in search of a spot in the Wafa Wafa semi-finals, and Martin says they have studied their visitors' weaknesses.

“Sundowns will be a really tough game, but it’s also the type of fixture that will produce end-to-end football and it will be very tactical too. We will prepare well this week,” Martin said to IOL.

“We have an idea of what Sundowns’ strengths are. They like to congest the middle and have their wing-backs push up. We will be ready for this,” he continued.

“I’m sure Sundowns will come with a strong team against us, they will be disappointed after the Caf loss and will be determined to get back on track,” noted the Cape Town-born.

Benni McCarthy's men have lost one game this season to Baroka FC, they drew against Golden Arrows last weekend, but defeated SuperSport United so far.

In the top eight competition, they were victorious over Maritzburg United in the quarter-finals, but the former Bafana Bafana striker will hope to improve their goalscoring ability upfront.

Moreover, Martin reckons Pitso Mosimane's men will come guns blazing after their 1-0 loss to Wydad Casablanca in the Caf Champions League last week.

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“We are short of goals at the moment. We are lacking goalscorers, but we are working on it. The important thing is that we are playing good football, and when we come up against Sundowns on Saturday, I am confident that we will stick one or two into the net,” concluded Martin.

Under McCarthy's reign, City have beaten Sundowns away in the league, but lost at home and were also dispatched by the Tshwane side in the Nedbank Cup last season.

Meanwhile, this clash is set to allow the McCarthy and his troops to bag their second competitive win over Mosimane's side at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.